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Cards beat Nationals again, 4-1

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Adams uncorcked a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, unraveling the game-long pitching duel and launching the Cardinals to their second win in a row against Washington, 4-1.

For the second time in two games since coming off the disabled list, Adams hit a home run that ended up being the difference. His blast off Stephen Strasburg Saturday came on a 3-1 pitch and traveled 399 feet, taking all the doubts about the health of his calf with it.

Adams has come back hotter than when he left, at which point he was hitting .330. The power he showed in his rookie season has returned; he's now hit one less home run in the past two games than he did in his first 52.

The guy they call Big City is hitting them in big spots.

His round-tripper Friday served as the only run of support for Lance Lynn in the Cardinals 1-0 victory.

His homer Saturday broke a 1-1 tie and was the first dropped domino in the demise of Strasburg's night. Once the powerful right-hander exited the game, the Nationals bullpen imploded.

The Cardinals scored three in the eighth. The final two all came with two out, and without a single ball leaving the infield.

Jon Jay's pinch hit infield single chased Strasburg. Reliever Jerry Blevins walked Matt Carpenter before Drew Storen hit Mark Ellis in the back to load the bases. Storen then hit Matt Holliday to bring in Jay. Allen Craig followed with a tapper up the third base line that went for an RBI single.

The Cardinals scored their first run when Carpenter singled home Shelby Miller in the third.

Miller threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run and four hits. He struck out seven and walked four.

He was lifted with two outs in the top of the seventh after walking Strasburg to load the bases with the game tied at one.

Randy Choate retired Denard Span on one pitch. Span grounded out and Choate earned the win.

Pat Neshek threw a scoreless eighth inning, and Trevor Rosenthal converted his 19th save.

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